Life and Community
The Community News won first place in the General Excellence category among its peers at the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards presented Saturday at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.
In addition, TCN's Your Parker County guide placed third in the Routine Special Sections category. Other awards were:
2nd place Feature Story
3rd place Feature Photo
3rd place News Photo
The community is invited to participate in a gift card drive for the Willoughby family in support of treatment for Eric Willoughby, a student at Aledo High School. Gift cards for gas, groceries, or entertainment for Eric when he is in the hospital are requested. Gift card collection boxes will be available at Aledo High School and at The Community News, 203 Pecan Drive in Aledo, from Friday, May 4 through Friday, May 11.
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The seventh annual Aledo Children's AdvoCats Run, Walk or Crawl was held at Bearcat Stadium Saturday morning, April 28. A reported 472 runners completed the 5k. McCall Elementary School won the trophy for most participation.
Click on the picture above for a gallery of photos from the event.
Rep. Kay GrangerRep. Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) will be the keynote speaker at the annual Zonta of Parker County Status of Women Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. In her eighth term, Rep. Granger represents the 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the House.
In addition to Granger’s address, the luncheon honors the 2012-13 ZCPC scholarship recipients and will introduce the ZCPC Clubwoman of the Year for 2011-12.
“Rep. Granger is no stranger to us here in Weatherford,” said Linda Bagwell, ZCPC president. “She has served as a role model for many of us women here and beyond, actually, and is the perfect choice to keynote the most important of our Zonta lunches during the year. Our mission – to advance the status of women – has long been a charge for Rep. Granger, as well.”
“We certainly want to extend the invitation and open the doors wide for Parker County to come and get to know what Zonta of Parker County is all about,” Bagwell said. “ZCPC is an extraordinary club, and our members are those who understand not only the local but the global perspective, as well, of our responsibility to advance the status of women in whatever way we can.”
Randy Keck/The Community News: Runners take off in the 2011 Run, Walk or Crawl for our Kids.
The seventh annual Aledo Children's AdvoCats Run, Walk or Crawl for our Kids is set for Saturday, April 28. The Kiddie 1k begins at 8 a.m. and the 5k begins at 8:30 a.m. at Aledo High School.
Proceeds from the event benefit the needs of children in the Aledo Independent School District.
Click Here to register online.
Randy Keck/The Community News: More than 1100 riders turned out to participate in the 10th annual Moritz Chevrolet Ride for Heroes on Saturday morning. The ride started and finished at Aledo High School.
Click on the picture above for a photo gallery from the ride.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo High School National Honor Society Vice President Parker Bradham lights the candle of leadership at the organization's induction ceremony Thursday night. The NHS inducted 134 new members at the ceremony.
Click on the picture for a photo gallery from the event.
The Parker County 4-H will host two Kitchen Boot Camps designed to help youth develop the basic skills needed to appreciate the culinary and baking arts, but will also educate them with the cuisines of different cultures. The camps will be held at the Texas AgriLife Extension office on 604 N. Main Street in Weatherford.
Lil’ Chefs, which is geared for kids 7 to 10 years old, is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 14-16. Kids venture into a delightful experience creating foods based on the three award winning books “Ratatouille,” “Strega Nona” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Our Lil’ Chefs will take these books and a recipe book home.
Passport on a Plate is for 11-18 year olds and is from 2-5 p.m. March 14-16. This is for kids who want to travel the world through a culinary adventure. This year students will work with recipes from Thailand, the Polynesian Islands and Mozambique. The young chefs expand their palates, reinforce academic and social skills, and learn about food safety and knife skills while experimenting high quality flavors and ingredients. This camp is packed with culinary excitement and tasty adventures!
Classes will fill-up, with 20 students maximum in each session. Registration is $55/child, and no spots will be held without payment.
For more information, call the Extension office at 817-598-6172.
Special to The Community NewsFriends of the Weatherford Public Library recently drew for the winner of a beautiful quilt donated by the Bluebonnet Quilt Bee. Reta Kinyon was the winner. A total of 1,823 tickets were sold and raised $1,541 for the library. Shown are (front row, from left) Katherine Dykes, Gail Greenfield and Reta Kinyon and (back row) Donna Napier, Donna Stewart, Peggy Bull and Betty Nuss.
Special to The Community News
Recently some Aledo students decided they would make it a habit to wave at every Aledo bus driver as they passed. They were impressed at how often driver Peggy Kennedy waved back, and then she started waving first as she recognized their car. The students chose to paint the pictured sign to tell her. Old buildings and sign space in Aledo have been painted and repainted for years and years. But this may be the first time an Aledo ISD bus driver has received kudos on one! Mrs. Kennedy, driver of bus 22, has driven for the District for more than five years. Always smiling and friendly, Peggy often waves to those she passes, and they often wave back.
Peggy was surprised to see the pictured sign, and even more surprised it wasn’t painted by the riders on her bus. Gabe and Joel Bogdanoff, and friends Brittany Cranford and Kelly Mintor, enjoy their daily enchanges with Mrs. Kennedy and other drivers around town.
Mrs. Kennedy is just one of the smiling faces behind the wheel of Aledo buses. Give them a wave!